Louis Sachar - Holes Stanley Yelnat is accused of something he didn’t do and sent to Camp Greenlake, a terrible place for delinquent boys in the middle of a desert. The daily task at camp is to dig a hole 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep and report anything found. Why? ‘You can feel the heat of the desert burning off the page. A total must-read’. Jerry Spinelli – Stargirl An ordinary school is turned upside-down by the arrival of a most unusual girl. Nobody knows what to make of her – least of all Leo, the object of her affection! ‘Beautifully written – like a fairytale’. Benjamin Zephaniah – Face Life seems good to Martin until he is involved in a serious accident in a stolen car. With his face badly burned, he has to come to terms with people’s reactions to his new face. ‘A gritty thought-provoking story’. If you have enjoyed trying out some of the books on this list, find out what young people from around the country are reading and get some ideas on what you can read next at www.boox.org.uk - a reading website designed especially for young people. GRAB A GOOD READ! Try these tried and tested books for teenagers Libraries, Arts & Archives ______________________ Melvyn Burgess – Billy Elliot Set during the miner’s strike this is the story of how Billy discovers his talent for dance and has to prove to his father that ballet is not just for girls. ‘Funny and enjoyable – the film only shows you one side of the story, but in the book you get much more’. Alan Gibbons - Julie and me…and Michael Owen makes three and Treble Trouble (the sequel) One for footie fans. Terry 15, is a ManU fan who looks like Chris Evans. Julie, the girl of his dreams is a Liverpool supporter! It’s a recipe for disaster. ‘This book was brilliant. It had everything – footy, romance, comedy and reality. I couldn’t put it down’. Malachy Doyle – Georgie Georgie is a 14 year old trapped in his own past. He doesn’t speak. He lashes out at people and nobody seems to know quite what to do with him. ‘This book is very hard-hitting and sometimes quite scary, but that made you carry on reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that draws them into the character’. John Farman – Zulus, girls and videos and Merlin, movies and Lucy something ‘The best thing about this book (Zulus…) is how much it relates to a normal male teen’s life and mind. It’s amazingly real and absolutely hilarious’ Jamila Gavin – Coram Boy A brilliant and moving story of two boys – one a small African boy, the other a boy who loves music. ‘I just used to read horror or mystery books, but this book has everything, horror, fantasy, romance and mystery. I was always wondering what was going to happen next’. Mary Hooper - Megan and sequels, Megan 2, Megan 3 Megan is 15 when she realises she is pregnant. How will family and friends react? ‘A believable scenario which you can easily identify with. Girls, if you want a good read then pick this up’. Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker and sequels Point Blanc and Skeleton Key 14 year old Alex Rider is ‘forcibly recruited’ as an MI6 spy to replace his uncle who was mysteriously killed. His action packed first mission involves preventing some deadly ‘stormbreaker’ computers from being activated. ‘Usually in my spare time I would play football, but this book kept pulling me back just to read more’. Catherine MacPhail – Bad Company Lissa’s dad is sent to prison and she feels let down – none of her friends will talk to her anymore. She gets in with some bad company, trying to get revenge on people. ‘It has a gripping storyline that deals with real-life issues such as loyalty, friendship, crime and bullying – and leaves you guessing until the very end’. Bali Rai – (Un)arranged marriage Manjit is going to be married – a marriage he didn’t ask for. He hasn’t even seen his bride to be, and loves another girl. ‘I like this book because it was about a teenage boy who wants to run his life his way, not lead the life his family wants for him’. Celia Rees - The Witch Child Mary Nuttall flees to America to avoid persecution as a witch. A victim of ignorance, she has to make important choices to ensure her survival. ‘Told in the form of a diary, this is an enthralling read’ Keep in touch with some of the best books around for your age group….try some of these tried and tested reads! Happy reading! ……………. Louise Rennison – Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging The hilarious confessions of teenager Georgia Nicholson – an average teenage girl whose adventures continue in several other titles. Malcolm Rose – Plague Three teenagers while away the summer as an invisible enemy heads their way. Soon the town is in the grip of a deadly virus that causes its victims to haemorrhage to death. ‘I couldn’t put this down’. David Almond – Skellig Michael and his family move to a new home. Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new friend Mina, he discover and befriend a strange creature ‘Skellig’. ‘You’ll either love it or hate it so give it a try and see what you think’. David Belbin – Love Lessons Becky 15, gets a terrible crush on her English teacher and a relationship develops between them. ‘Realistic and unsentimental this book looks at the situation from both points of view’. For older readers. Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses This book is about racism, where the crosses rule and the noughts are servants. Callum is a nought and Sephy is a cross and they are desperate to stay friends. ‘It was so intense that I just couldn’t put the book down. I loved it, it is the only book I’ve ever cried over’.